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Alexandra Dalferro


Alexandra Dalferro is a PhD student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology.
Her research focuses on the politics and practices of silk production
in Thailand, particularly among Khmer ethnic minority communities in
Surin Province.

She is interested in how knowledge and identity claims
are fashioned and contested through material processes, and she
foregrounds silk's "shimmering surfaces" to think about the affective
and sensory dimensions of weaving and sericulture.

Before coming to Cornell, Alexandra lived in Thailand for over 4 years, working as a
Research Assistant at the Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre and as an
intern at UNESCO-Bangkok. She also completed one year of research as a
Fulbright Student Researcher on the legal lottery system in Thailand
and the precarious positions of migrant ticket sellers. She holds a BA
in East Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University.

Some of Alexandra's research interests include: visual anthropology, sensory
ethnography, materiality and material culture, textiles, museum
studies, critical heritage studies, "art" and "craft," gender in
Southeast Asia, and the anthropology of Thailand and Cambodia.


critical heritage studies, material culture, visual anthropology, gender in Southeast Asia


  • Anthropology
  • Society for the Humanities